This review will be about the novel: The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson published by Puffin Books in 2011. This fantasy story is about an orphan boy, named Ivo, who is bored with life, and seeks adventure. When a hag allows him to be her familiar for a council meeting, together, along with some friends, they are given a quest to slay an ogre and rescue a princess named Mirella. However once they arrive at the ogre’s castle, they discover that not everything is as they had expected. Ivo, and friends, soon learn the ogre is the least of their problems.
I thought this story was unique and funny, it didn’t turn out as I thought it would. The characters were all down to earth, and not stereotypical for your usual folklore creatures. Something that I really liked about this story, is how the characters’ personalities could have been switched around, and the flow of the story would have stayed the same.
Overall I liked the story. I would have liked it more, if the author would have just focused on the unique characters living together, without all the added subplots.
I give this book 4 1/2 stars out of five, and recommend it for anyone that likes fairy-tales, and is looking for something a bit different.